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FASD in children more common than previously thought, says study

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is highly discouraged as it puts the unborn child at risk. In spite of this, a large number of moms-to-be in the United States consume alcohol. What is even more disturbing is that these expectant mothers indulge in four, and sometimes more, alcoholic drinks at a time, as reported by the […]

How alcohol affects mood and changes people

With first use, alcohol affects the structure and function of the brain by altering both the neurons (brain cells) and the neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit impulses among neurons and other cells in the body). The initial dopamine release from alcohol usually results in an initial euphoric feeling, relaxation and deceased social anxiety. This dopamine surge […]

Marijuana’s mainstream moment may bring other problems

It’s hard to think of another substance that’s gone from illicit to acceptable as quickly as marijuana has. No longer something purchased clandestinely behind a minimart, marijuana sales are now operated openly. According to cannabis industry investment firm ArcView Group, the market for legal pot in the U.S. grew to $2.7 billion in 2014, a […]

Learning self-mastery on the road to recovery

Self-conquest is far more noble than the conquest of others, and for some more difficult. Human beings are blessed with free will, or volition. But because humans are also social creatures, their free will is moderated by their relationships with others — past and present. For example, a man may feel like sleeping late and […]

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